I got myself in pretty deep with what I should have left alone or left up to BIOS to control. Messing with fancontrol / pwmconfig blew way over my head. I had a bit of a problem with one machine after I did a fresh install of focal. It was running fairly quiet in 18.04, and I noticed that it had become a bit too noisy for my taste when I upgraded, so I set off to fix it.
I found myself on this thread: https://askubuntu.com/questions/22108/how-to-control-fan-speed
I went through all the steps in the first answer but after running
sudo pwmconfig and going through the steps I was left with my GPU fan rolling at 100% and I was stressing out because I didn't want it to break. The last prompt went something like, "make sure fans are back to normal..." Well I clearly was pushed back by the cyclone that is pwmconfig, and needed an easier way to modify
/etc/fancontrol. So I found this GUI to control the fans: https://askubuntu.com/questions/1166768/gui-to-control-fanspeed-in-ubuntu
This was the first thing I ever compiled by myself and it worked, but I was left with a lot of different fans and sensors. I setup some profiles and it seemed to make things more hot and complicated than fresh install. After realizing I may have caused some damage to my system configs regarding fancontrol, I ended up completely removing fancontrol package and the gui I compiled. I heard that tlp was good enough for this sort of task so I installed that package.
Now it seems that whatever I change in the BIOS for certain fans (the exhaust fans on motherboard sys fan headers) I cant seem to get them to react to the temperatures fluctuations the way I set in the BIOS.
Im sorry this is really confusing, not sure what I'm asking here. I guess I'm wondering if I should just backup my /home and reinstall or is there some sort of advice I can get regarding this?
I'm begining to get into crypto mining for a hobby and I noticed that this system's CPU is running really hot while mining compared to another one with similar hardware. Fans are just not doing their job. The other machine can mine in the case with CPU at 45C. This one is running at 65-70C with case open and a desk fan next to it.
IDK maybe sensors are faulty or fans are failing
The temperature is always around 50C while just idle in BIOS, then Ubuntu displays it at 34C when idle. But when I play a game or mine, it gets hotter than I've ever seen it with any version of the OS.
Sorry about the essay. And thanks if you have your 2cents to give.